Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
I know the LBJ-to-Cleveland smoke is getting thicker and thicker, but I thought this was a pretty great piece of internet sleuthing. Tweet below:
Text of the message in twit pic in case you can't see it:
"But I think LeBron James is going to Cleveland. I just ran Firebug across his site and came up with a few things... Right now, there are pages on his site that were built yesterday. There is no content on them, but they do have a color palette. ffbb42, 012a60, 870038, ffffff. Those are the colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers for those of you too lazy to plug them into a hex chart. Everything else is the same. His web developer built pages with a navy blue header, crimson font sets, and golden accents. That seems a little suspect."
Pressure on the NCAA continues to build and now Emmert is suggesting scholarships for life.
For all the unwarranted criticism he gets around here, Dave Brandon is an exceptional human being.
He donated more than 4 Million dollars to build Mott Children's hospital, and contributed to the Michigan Stadium renovation fund before he even took the office. He earned the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2007, The Bennie Oosterban Award for Service, Dedication and CEO Coach of the Year in 2008. He raised 3 sons and a daughter, and "enjoys spoiling" his 7 grandkids.
He took a 3 Million Dollar pay cut to take over an athletic department that was hemorhaging credibility like a stuck pig. He was tasked with cleaning up his predecessor's disastrous 3,5,7 win football hire and a basketball team that after finally breaking into the tournament seemed to be sinking back into mediocrity at 15-17.
Brandon provided strong leadership and a stronger backhand through one of the darker(albeit ridiculous) chapters in Michigan football history.
He hired a coach who immediately breathed life into a program on the ropes. That coach took a 5 win/yr team to an 11-2 record and a BCS bowl win.
There have been some disappointments since then of course, but think where the program would be if that injection of credibility hadn't have happened.
He hired this man
And this man
Who have helped bring Michigan to the Championship game and the Elite Eight a year later.
He took this guy from the Ravens(and paid him)
And this guy from the 'Tide
(folks around these parts seem a little excited about that one)
He oversaw the rebuilding of Crisler Arena
which continues to help land elite recruits.
I think it is a fair assumption that Brandon has done more for Michigan athletics and the world at large than 99% of us on the board, a fact that can get lost in petty vendettas and very real differences of opinion.
In this man's opinion, Brandon has made very real sacrifices and deserves a great deal more respect than he gets on this board.
Lots of rumblings from NBA insiders that LeBron could be headed back to Cleveland. This seems to be confirmed by Cleveland's salary-cap clearing "trade" today. They ditched Jarrett Jack and his $6.3MM salary, along with Tyler Zeller and Tyler Zeller and Sergey Karasev, for nothing but cap space.
In my opinion, I think this is a great move from both a team and money perspective.
From a team perspective, Cleveland stands in stark contrast to Miami. Rather than being full of bloated salaries and past-their-prime stars, they're loaded with young talent and have the potential to be very good in the coming years. Add LeBron to the mix with Kyrie Irving (somewhat overrated but still solid), a Wiggins (who would benefit by easing into a high-level role), and Tristan Thompson, and you've got a squad that can easily contend for a title in the East.
From a money perspective, LeBron is going to make the max no matter where he goes, so salary isn't the deciding factor. Endorsements are. Now that he's the biggest star in the NBA, it doesn't matter if he's based out of Cleveland or New York/LA/Chi. The name LeBron Jame name recognition is global and his endorsement deals won't decrease just because he plays in a secondary market. If anything, being on a team with young talent may help increase his longevity as a title contender and thus his relevance in the league, keeping his endorsement money flowing at a high level through and beyond his prime years.
From Wash Post: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have signed first-round pick Nik Stauskas (STOUS-kiss) to his rookie contract. Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro made the announcement late Tuesday night. Sacramento selected Stauskas out of Michigan with the eighth overall pick in June’s draft. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This is a very good article on Zak's game and how critical his development could be for our team next year. It references how many of our players make a big jump in their Sophomore season.
There is a ton of production to be replaced.